Press Release: Foundation Holds Free Health Screening in Market and Rural Community in Nigeria
The annual free health screening and health talk organised by Babatunde Femi Owolabi Memorial Heart Foundation to sensitise Nigerians on the prevention and management of cardiovascular and endocrinology diseases will be held in three different locations in Oyo and Ekiti State between March 16 and 19, 2016.The President of the foundation, Mr. Tope Tosin Owolabi while disclosing this to newsmen said that the objective of the programme is to create top-of-the-mind awareness on prevention and management of Hypertension and Diabetes including related conditions in Africa.
“For the past four years, it is our tradition on a yearly basis to conduct free health screening and to sensitise people on the prevention and management of hypertension and diabetes diseases. This year, we are going to be focusing on market men and women, young and old and rural dwellers. We are taking the campaign to the popular Gbagi Market in Ibadan, and other religious organisation within the city.
We have discovered that most of the marketers are too busy. A lot of them find it difficult to leave their goods in the shops and visit hospital for health screening. And the rate at which heart related diseases are killing people in this country is becoming worrisome. So, if they are too busy to check their status in the hospital, we believe that we should go and meet them in their shops in order to save them from preventable diseases.” He said.
Again, while justifying the need to hold the well-attended lecture in Igbole Ekiti, a rural community in Ekiti State, Mr Owolabi stated that ‘when we talk about hypertension and diabetes, the rural people are mostly affected because most of them do not have access to medical facilities and when the facilities are available, a lot of them find it difficult to foot the bills. And that is why we make it part of our responsibility to give them free drugs after the screening each year.”
Some of the speakers expected at the lecture include Honourable Commissioner for Health in Ekiti State, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo; Public Health Consultant/Senior Lecturer Public Health, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Omowumi Bakare and the Chief Medical Officer, General Hospital, Iyin-Ekiti, Dr. Gbenga Olowolafe.
The free health screening and lecture will commence on March 16, at Celestial Church of Christ, Christian Dominion, Idiagbon, Soka Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Oyo State. The train will stop at the popular Gbagi Market in Ibadan on March 17 before taking off to its final destination, Igbole Ekiti Community Town Hall on March 19 where all the communities in Ido/Osi local government area are expected to participate in the lecture.